NBA Live 20 Officially Cancelled, Focused On Next-Gen Plans
It’s been a while since EA Sports released official information regarding their annual basketball franchise NBA Live, but it appears there’s been a reason as to why that’s been the case. As revealed in a recent Electronic Arts, this year’s NBA Live 20 has been officially cancelled, with plans for the franchise being saved for the upcoming console generation.
“We’re excited by our progress but remain hyper ambitious – so we’re not going to release NBA LIVE 20 this season,” as revealed via the series’ official Twitter account. “Alongside the NBA and BNBPA, we have our sights set on creating something fresh for the next generation of players and platforms. We know we need to earn our future every step of the way, so we’re taking time to get it right for our players. We promise to check back regularly with updates. Until then, we’ll be on the grind…. ”
— EA SPORTS NBA LIVE (@EASPORTSNBA) October 29, 2019
NBA Live 20 being cancelled is unfortunate (especially considering the strides made by the previous year’s entry), but not at all surprising considering how little the developing project has been advertised over the last few months. This year’s basketball entry was confirmed in unceremonious fashion though an EA financial report back in May, it listed among the rest of EA’s Q2 2019 lineup. The last official word on the game had pushed its release to later on in 2019, separating it from the rest of its fellow EA Sports releases of Madden 20, NHL 20, and FIFA 20.
As the next console generation will begin next year with the PlayStation 5, it’s likely a sound idea to start looking toward the future, especially as NBA Live 20 wasn’t looking likely to release before 2019 was over. One has to wonder what the aforementioned statement could mean from its teased “something fresh” plans, whether it be an eventual continuation of NBA Live or the beginning of a new basketball series altogether.
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